They say “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”, but did you know that a spoonful or two of honey could be even better for you?
One of nature’s gifts, raw honey is not only a delicious treat for the taste buds but also provides incredible health benefits too.
But, be warned, we’re talking about raw honey here, that gorgeous golden liquid that comes from the hive to you.
Unlike the processed commercial honey in your local grocery store that goes through a long ‘purification’ process involving boiling, pasteurization, and intense filtration to create a super smooth jar that looks great on the shelf but is stripped of most of its beneficial properties, raw strained honey keeps all of that honey goodness intact.
In fact, raw honey contains more than 250 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, enzymes, micronutrients, and antioxidants. It also contains pollen and propolis, two other powerful products of the hive that provide amazing health benefits.
In this article, we’re going to look at just 8 of the amazing health benefits that you can get from adding some of this heavenly raw honey into your diet.
1. Raw Honey Helps To Prevent Chronic Disease
Every day, the cells of our bodies are bombarded by highly-reactive, unstable atoms called free radicals which cause damage right down the DNA strand and can lead to several chronic health conditions including diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and even cancer.
Luckily, the damaging impact of free radicals can be prevented, reduced, or in some cases even reversed by antioxidants, which are naturally present in fruits, veggies, and (yes, you guessed it) honey.
Now, although all honey contains some antioxidants, raw honey, thanks to its high levels of phenols, flavonoids, and phytochemicals, is simply in a different league.
Raw honey is absolutely loaded with powerful antioxidants (the darker the raw honey, the higher its antioxidant levels).
In fact, research shows that raw honey contains more than 4 times as many antioxidants as grocery-store honey, which makes it a great, tasty way to get those important antioxidants into your diet.
2. Raw Honey Supports Heart and Cardiovascular Health
We all know that a healthy heart is the key to enjoying a long, happy, and active life.
But, if you’re currently doing cardio a few times a week and eating a healthy, balanced diet to try and stay fit and heart-healthy, the next time you pour yourself a bowl of oatmeal, you may want to reach for the honey jar.
Well, it turns out that those polyphenic antioxidants contained in each drop of honey also help to maintain a strong, healthy heart and robust cardiovascular health.
Adding raw honey to your diet has been shown to do everything from raise your levels of ‘good’ cholesterol and lower the levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol to reduce the amount of triglycerides in your bloodstream, reduce clotting, improve the dilation of blood vessels, boost red blood cell count (making the body more efficient at transporting oxygen and iron to vital organs), and even reduce blood pressure.
All of which means that this golden liquid can help you enjoy an incredible, active life right up into your golden years.
3. Raw Honey Maintains Digestive Health
You may find honey delicious, but did you know that the good bacteria in your digestive system also appreciates a spoonful?
That’s because raw honey is a powerful probiotic.
Thanks to a sugar called oligosaccharides, raw honey provides the good bacteria in your large intestine with the nutrition they need to thrive, which helps you to maintain excellent digestive health.
And, because raw honey is a non-dairy probiotic, that makes it a great alternative for people who are allergic to dairy or lactose intolerant.
But not only is raw honey a powerful probiotic, studies also show that raw honey can help relieve upset stomachs, can help treat stomach ulcers and colitis, and is so gentle that you can even enjoy some of this heavenly raw honey if you have IBS without suffering any flare-ups.
4. Raw Honey Supports Brain Health
Raw honey can not only help you to stay physically healthy but also mentally sharp, thanks to the high levels of antioxidants it contains, including pinocembrin, an antioxidant found only in raw honey, propolis, and Chinese ginger.
As well as protecting us from free radical damage to the brain, studies suggest that eating raw honey can also protect us from the natural and man-made toxins that disrupt and even damage brain cells in a process called neurotoxicity.
But the amazing brain-boosting power of raw honey goes even further!
Research shows that raw honey can also help prevent memory disorders, by reducing inflammation in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for memory, and it promotes the release of chemicals in the brain (including BDNF) that improve our ability to learn and form memories.
5. Raw Honey Boosts The Immune System
As if you needed more reasons to add raw honey to your diet, consider the fact that it can actually boost your immune system and keep you from falling under the weather.
Well, research shows that raw honey is not only antibacterial, antiseptic, and antiviral, but just two spoonfuls a day can actually boost both types of white blood cells, so if any foreign bodies do enter your bloodstream, your immune system is more able to find those invading microbes and kill them.
6. Raw Honey Supports Eye Health
It’s a natural part of life that, as we age, our vision naturally worsens over time, but don’t reach for the reading glasses just yet.
That’s because the antioxidants in this golden liquid can help protect retinal cells against the damage caused by free radicals and exposure to UV light that leads to blurred vision.
7. Raw Honey Helps With Inflammation
Whenever the cells of our body are injured or attacked by foreign organisms, our body goes on alert and tries both to eliminate the cause and repair any damage in a process called inflammation.
But sometimes, this natural response is triggered even when there’s no injury and no invader to fight. When this happens, normal, healthy tissue is treated by the body as if it’s harmful. This kind of chronic inflammation both prevents tissue from healing and, over time, can cause lasting damage to tissues and organs.
As a powerful, natural anti-inflammatory, raw honey is able to control and lower inflammation in the body so you can maintain great physical health for longer.
8. Raw Honey is a Healthier Alternative to Sugar
Want a way to satisfy your sweet tooth without experiencing the unhealthy blood sugar spike and crash? Try replacing refined sugar with raw honey.
Because raw honey has a lower glycemic index than refined sugar, that makes it a healthier sweetener alternative.
But, of course, to experience all the other health benefits we’ve talked about, you’ll want to make sure that you’re not heating the raw honey and boiling out the goodness.
Experience the Amazing Benefits of Raw Honey for Yourself
So, now that you know about just some of the amazing health benefits of raw honey, why not try our delicious Doux Bee raw honey, made right here in Louisiana’s famous Honey Island swamp and sold in our iconic hexagon glass jar, and give your body the gift of that gloriously healthy honey goodness.